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Extensive rotation hits FPL teams in latest round of Gameweek 16 matches

Heavy rotation has struck Fantasy Premier League managers once again as the gap between Gameweeks 15 and 16 takes its toll.

Owners of West Ham and Brighton assets are suffering the most from Tuesday’s team selections while Southampton and Leeds have proved the more reliable squads to rely on.

David Moyes has dropped Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), Jarrod Bowen (£6.4m), Issa Diop (£4.3m) and Ben Johnson (£3.9m) to the bench, where they are joined by the returning Michail Antonio (£6.2m).

Sebastien Haller (£6.1m) still leads the line supported by Pablo Fornals (£6.1m), Manuel Lanzini (£6.4m) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£5.5m) in attacking midfield, while Ryan Fredericks (£4.2m) occupies Coufal’s right-back berth.

By contrast, a relatively unchanged Southampton have kept key Fantasy assets such as Che Adams (£6.1m) and Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.8m) in the starting line-up, where there is also a relatively surprise return of Danny Ings (£8.3m), who missed the last match with a hamstring problem.

Marcelo Bielsa has gone for a similar approach for Leeds’ trip to West Bromwich Albion naming a completely unchanged side, which means another start for Patrick Bamford (£6.5m), Raphinha (£5.4m), Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Illan Meslier (£4.6m).

West Bromwich Albion line-up in a 4-4-2 formation with Callum Robinson (£5.4m) and Karlan Grant (£5.8m) leading the line.

FPL midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) returns to the Arsenal line-up for the first time since sustaining an injury ahead of Gameweek 14.

The Arsenal star is set to lead the Gunners’ line ahead of attacking midfield trio Gabriel Martinelli (£4.9m), Emile Smith-Rowe (£4.4m) and Bukayo Saka (£5.2m).

Aubameyang is the sole change to Mikel Arteta’s line-up from the 3-1 win against Chelsea in GW15, as Alexandre Lacazette (£8.2m) drops to the bench.

A positive Covid test rules Gabriel (£5.0m) out of Gameweeks 16 and 17, at least.

Graham Potter has made six changes from the XI that began the 2-2 draw at West Ham on Sunday.

Alexis Mac Allister (£5.3m), Pascal Gross (£5.8m), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£5.4m), Davy Propper (£4.8m), budget defender Bernardo (£3.9m) and Joel Veltman (£4.3m) are all drafted in for the Seagulls.

Adam Lallana (£6.2m) misses out through injury while Ben White (£4.4m), Solly March (£5.0m), Leandro Trossard (£5.8m), Neal Maupay (£6.1m) and Danny Welbeck (£5.5m) are all on the bench.

Tariq Lamptey (£4.7m) is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. On Sunday, Potter said of the right-back:

“Tariq is going to be a few days, maybe weeks. He won’t be ready for the next game [Arsenal].” – Graham Potter

Chris Wilder has made just one change to the Sheffield United XI for their clash with Burnley at Turf Moor.

Lys Mousset (£5.8m) replaces budget midfielder Oliver Burke (£4.4m), with the Scot only fit enough for the bench due to an ongoing back issue.

That means Rhian Brewster (£4.5m) earns a third consecutive start in the Sheffield United forward line.

Having announced today that they recorded a number of positive Covid-19 tests, the Blades name seven substitutes out of a maximum of nine.

The Clarets also show just one alteration to their Gameweek 15 line-up, as Robbie Brady (£5.0m) replaces Josh Benson (£4.5m) at right-midfield.

Sean Dyche had hoped to also have Dwight McNeil (£5.7m) available, though the winger is not even fit enough to make the Burnley bench.

On the two widemen, the Burnley boss said in his pre-match press conference:

“With the two games in three days, we had to make a judgement call. We think they both have a chance [of facing Sheffield United] but we just felt the fatigue element of two games and what it might do, when you are coming out of a minor injury, we just had to make a decision.” – Sean Dyche

Gameweek 16 Line-ups

Brighton and Hove Albion XI: Sanchez; Burn, Dunk, Webster; Bernardo, Propper, Bissouma, Veltman; Mac Allister, Gross; Jahanbakhsh.

Arsenal XI: Leno; Tierney, Mari, Holding, Bellerin; Xhaka, Elneny; Martinelli, Smith-Rowe, Saka; Aubameyang.

Burnley XI: Pope; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill, Brady; Wood, Barnes.

Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Robinson, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Osborn, Ampadu, Baldock; McGoldrick, Mousset, Brewster.

Southampton XI: A McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, J Stephens, Walker-Peters; Walcott, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Adams, Ings.

West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Dawson, Fredericks; Rice, Soucek; Fornals, Lanzini, Yarmolenko; Haller.

West Bromwich Albion XI: Johnstone; Gibbs, Ajayi, O’Shea, Furlong; Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, M Phillips; C Robinson, Grant.

Leeds United XI: Meslier; Alioski, Ayling, Struijk, Dallas; K Phillips; Harrison, Klich, Rodrigo, Raphinha; Bamford.

Article written by David Munday and Colm Hayes.

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2,330 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Daniel - When to BB?
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Rafinha or Rodrigo? Who is the better pick?

    1. Podge
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      There’s a question

    2. BenDavies
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      raphinha

    3. JONALDINHO
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Raphinha more minutes

  2. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Leeds triple up is a god send

    1. UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Ohhh yes

  3. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Come on Ingzy wipe out that CS and punish fudgy

    1. Fudgy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      ?

  4. Pedram
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Come on Bamford

  5. Tango74
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Come on Bruno (vc) get a hat trick

    • Super Saints
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Saints are hanging on for dear life

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      A Brewster goal would be nice

      1. Daniel - When to BB?
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        absolutely

    • Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What a chance that is! John Egan (Sheffield Utd) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a pass on the edge of the box. His attempt goes just over the bar. The ball goes out of play and Burnley will have a goal kick.

    • Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 22 days ago

      The "Raphinha is a FFS bandwagon" comments seem to have died down, interesting

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        It's like people have never played FPL before

      2. mynameisq
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Haha yup and "check the rules" and "bamford didn't touch it"

      3. diesel001
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        He is a FFS bandwagon. Look at his returns compared to El-Ghazi, for example. Noone picks El-Ghazi though.

        1. RED_ARMY
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          He will comfortably outscore El Ghazi over the course of the season 🙂

      4. badgerboy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I was one of those. Fair play.

      5. NejiHyuuga01
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        I was one of those and still not impressed with those returns in a 5 goal game. My option was Neto for that price and I can't wait for his brace

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      This could end up being my best GW of the season 😆

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        You are in one of my MLs. Don't get too far ahead.

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Your jam is outstanding this season. Hard to compete xD

        Getting forced to buy Lowton because you were 0.1m off Taylor!

    • Drogba Legend
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Think its time to drop Mendy, best GK replacement 5.1 or under?

      A) Fabs
      B) Meslier
      C) McCarthy
      D) Martinez
      E) Other (Leno, etc)

      1. Ha.
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        B

      2. Crunchie
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        A for DGW

    • Hect.OR 98th
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Nine green arrows in a row, looks like the 10th is unlikely

    • Daniel - When to BB?
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      xxWhat a chance that is! John Egan (Sheffield Utd) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a pass on the edge of the box. His attempt goes just over the bar. The ball goes out of play and Burnley will have a goal kick.

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Countdown to the Soton CS busting and KWP 1 pointer...

    • Sir Alex Telles.
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Worst GW

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Fudgy?

      2. UNDERWORLD7
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        The best here!!

    • Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Here we come again - Raphinha or Harrison ?

      1. TopwithKlopp
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Anyone know if Michell (Crystal Palace) will get more game time after a good outing last game?

    • Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Raphinia rested

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Come on Dale. It's your time to shine.

    • UNDERWORLD7
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Rapha good shift lad, you’ve earnt a good rest

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Rapha rested

    • Pedram
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Gameweek in tatters

      1. Deulofail
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Fudgy?

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        im doing so bad. my rivals both have dallas and raphina

        1. Deulofail
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Pedram??

    • All Hail K
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Raphinha wishing he didn't kick the ball out...

    • Burger
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Chances of Coufal coming on? Dallas bench currently 🙁

      1. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        0%

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          Hallelujah

      2. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        E^i*pi + 1

        1. Burger
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 22 days ago

          "So you're saying there's a chance" 😆

    • Rolls-Royce
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Soucek time!

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Raph CS banked

    • GGMU
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      how did liverpool only score 1 goal on west brom?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Short lived manager bounce

    • Bury94
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Ugh KWP was on 2 bonus before that yellow as well, annoying

    • TomSaints
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Bamford goal, Sheffield United equaliser and saints winner after cresswell sub.

      Is that too much to ask? haha

      1. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 22 days ago

        Its plain fantasy.

    • Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      Cmon wipe that Leeds CS right off!

    • Sid07
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 22 days ago

      What happened to taylor